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Last Updated: Monday, 13 December, 2004, 05:31 GMT
Holmes vows to keep on competing
By Mike Burnett
At the BBC Sport Personality awards

Kelly Holmes
Kelly Holmes, the BBC's newly-crowned Sports Personality of the Year, says she is determined to prolong her athletics career.

The double Olympic champion refused to lay out exact plans but intends to keep competing in the near future.

"I still want to continue to run next year," she told BBC Sport.

"I haven't decided on what events I'll run, whether outdoor or indoor. It depends on my fitness levels. I'll go in for events I know I can win."

Holmes received the BBC's prestigious end-of-year honour after an overwhelming victory in a public vote on Sunday evening.

But the 34-year-old former army sergeant admitted the win was far from a foregone conclusion in her eyes.

I wasn't in control of what happened here, it was down to the British public
Kelly Holmes on her award
"I probably sat there more nervous all night than I was at the 1500m in Athens," said Holmes, who beat rowing's Matthew Pinsent, with cricketer Andrew Flintoff in third.

"I was very nervous because I was more worried that everyone thought I was going to win and so they wouldn't vote.

"On the track, I'm in control but I wasn't in control of what happened here, it was down to the British public - I can never thank them enough."

Holmes earned a permanent place in British sporting history when she won gold medals in both the 800m and 1500m at the Athens Olympics.

Having fulfilled her lifelong ambition, Holmes wants to put the years of pain and pressure firmly behind her.

"I think, why not enjoy myself, be announced as Olympic champion, have a big smile on my face before races - and whatever happens, happens.

"I don't know where I'm going from here. All I wanted was to be a PT instructor in the army and be Olympic champion - and now I've done both.

"At the end of the day I'll never have the same drive but I'll continue running next year because I can."

Holmes says her hunger is waning
10 Nov 04 |  Athletics

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